I have been on a weight-loss journey for as long as I remember. To borrow Jagan’s term I am “born-gundu”. Like most fellow gundus, I love food and I hate exercising. I don’t know what people mean when they say they had a great workout.
I blame the world. Why do we have coffee shops, ice cream parlours and bajji kadais all over the city but no sundal kadais or treadmill cafes or push-up clubs or table tennis bars? Imagine how different socializing would be with such options. Instead of meeting your friends for coffee you’d have a push-up meeting. You could take your girlfriend out for sundal instead of ice-cream sundae.
Not that I am a socializing junkie.
Waking up to run, pant and wheeze just doesn’t tickle me. However there’s nothing to fire you up like a sudden rude photograph of you barely fitting the frame or shopping for a dress. They don’t seem to make dresses for your shape anymore.
Both of these happened to me a little while back and I realized I had to take action. This time I am making a commitment to myself to not stop until I reach my goal weight. I’ve made too many half-hearted attempts in the past. I know I am not going to lose weight with just taking the stairs and drinking green tea.
I am going to exercise for real and stick to a reasonable diet. I am 68 kilos. I need to be 50k.
I aim to lose 18 kilos in 6 months.
I want to be able to do 15 good-form push ups.
I want to fit into the jeans from my college days.
There. I am putting it out here. I have no going back. This is my PROJECT 50K. #project50k
I know the world is full of aspiring weight losers guiltily eating ice-cream resolving in their mind to exercise it off, turning sideways for selfies and putting off shopping. I am with you sista, bro. I want this project to encourage you to start, sustain your own journey.
Sticking to a diet has always been very difficult for me because I am bored easily and I cannot, will not eat foods just because they’re healthy or good for me. They have to taste good. It’s even harder when you are cooking for your family and you don’t want to cook different meals for yourself and your family. I don’t think dieting should be so frustrating or so hard. I envision meals where you can cook just one set of dishes for the entire family and pick out items that fit your diet. For these reasons, I plan to document all the diet meals that I am eating. I don’t follow any diet specifically because I find it too stifling to never eat rice or egg yolks. I am against anything that tells me to eat egg whites only.
I intend to make light, low-carb meals in general. Most of them will be simple, easy and quick. I’ll share all of those recipes with you and my weight-loss story along the way. I’ll let you know what worked and what didn’t. I hope this project helps you guys on your own journeys. Most importantly, I hope it encourages you to eat well and enjoy your food.
If you have a question, a tip or your own story, please do share with all of us.